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5 Poses to Prep for Shoulder Stand

5 Poses to Prep for Shoulder Stand

Salamba sarvangāsana, or shoulder stand, can be a thing of beauty – it combines strength, flexibility and balance in one scrumptious, iconic pose. Children do them. How hard can they be? Answer – very hard. Actually, incredibly hard! As a novice yogi I remember the indignity of trying to launch my feet over my head and failing miserably – time and time again… Eventually my efforts resulted in balancing precariously on my upper back with my chin embedded in my chest and legs flapping in the breeze. I felt like a claustrophobic apostrophe – not exactly the elegant inversion I had hoped for.

Somewhat dismayed, I reflected on my failure and planned a new path. A path of baby steps towards more serene shoulder stands. It is a path I am still travelling but here are some of the early steps on my pathway. These simple poses will bring you closer to super shoulder stands. (more…)

Sally Schofield

Why Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Handstands

Why Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Handstands

Think back to your first few months doing yoga, and one day your instructor said that particular class will be about headstands. Did you feel scared to be upside down on your head? Did you wonder why, when it seemed so simple and easy when you were a kid? Well, it’s actually because you are programmed not to like being upside down.

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